Fiction Story

Think of a family story, one you know well. Don’t worry too much about the word “family” — this story could be from any area of your life. Think back through the old stories you always remember about a friend, an old roommate, a partner, an ex, a family member; and select one. Re-experience the small details of the moments: voices, colors, smells, movements, actions and reactions — especially actions and reactions. It could be a story of a small event (the time we had dinner with my boss) or a large one (the time our roommate set the house on fire).Now, introduce two alterations to this story:1) Change the setting. Write your remembered story/scene so that it takes place a new setting, not the original location.2) Change the trajectory: introduce an event that did not happen. This can be a new exterior event (suddenly, as Aunt Peggy lifts her fork, a comet comes through the window and) or an internally motivated change (suddenly, Aunt Peggy puts down her fork and says “I have to tell you something. I’m the one who stole your shotgun back in 2002. I stole your shotgun and I sold it on E-bay and I used the money to buy a passport”).As you write, and afterward, notice what happens to the feel of the events when they take place in a new setting. Notice what happens to the tone and meaning of the entire scene when you change one event within it. Consider: do the new juxtapositions you’ve created justify themselves?Your story essay will:    Include literary elements: plot, character, setting, climax, ending, etc.    Use the class readings and sample essays as examples.    Have a creative and original title.    Be in MLA format.    Be interesting, creative, and engaging.